I struggled for a moment on what to write today. I meditated upon it, and realized I can write about getting started.
You see, I struggled today because I wanted the “perfect” subject. I forgot that life isn’t always about perfection, and that you can’t always get what you want.
I know a million different kinds of writers. I know the weekend warriors that only work on Saturday and Sunday. I know the hobbyist, who writes whenever the mood strikes him. Even professional writers who write for a living. They all have one thing in common, the first draft is shit.
Now, that’s not to say that your story sucks, that’s not what I mean to imply at all. No, what I mean is no matter what you write, you’re going to have to edit it.
No story is going to be error free on the first pass, it takes time to clean it up and make sure the dots connect correctly.
I do threerevisions on a work before I even think about letting someone, other than my wife, read it.
It’s not because I doubt my skills, but because I find errors even after I’ve cleaned them up. I know I have to write something before I can fix it, and you can’t fix what you haven’t done.
A word at a time, that’s how worlds are built. Remember that as you prepare to write your epic tale, and start putting down one word at a time.